The Hansen Scholarship Program
The University of Melbourne’s new flagship equity scholarship opens for applications on 1 March.
Twenty exceptional students from around Australia will be chosen in the first intake for our most generous scholarship to date, starting their undergraduate studies at Melbourne in 2020.
The program brings together an unrivalled package of benefits for high-achieving students who may otherwise struggle financially to access higher education.
It offers free accommodation, living allowances, funds for an international exchange, internship or voluntary opportunity, plus a tailored enrichment program including academic orientation, study skills, mentoring and cultural activities.
If you are planning to apply, get a head start during February by previewing the online application form.
How to apply
You can apply for the Hansen scholarship by completing the application form online between 1 March–21 March 2019 – but before you do, preview the form and the scholarship requirements in February to make sure you can complete the necessary paperwork in time.
The application process begins now, with your preparation during February. Interviews will take place at Parkville campus during the Term 2 holidays, and results of applications will be released in August 2019.
Events near you
Information sessions will be held in Melbourne, regional Victoria, Perth and Brisbane in late February and early March. A recording of an information session will be made available on our website for those not able to attend.
A foundation to unleash ambition
Advancing the future of Australia through access to excellence in tertiary education is one of the Hansen Little Foundation’s core beliefs.
Jane Hansen and Paul Little believe that an individual’s life trajectory should be guided by their determination to achieve their ambitions, regardless of any limiting social or economic barriers.
It is important to us to ensure that you have every chance at success, and we are looking forward to seeing you flourish at the University of Melbourne.
Frequently asked questions
How do I apply for the Hansen scholarship?
You can apply for the Hansen scholarship by completing the application form online. When applying it is essential that you complete all relevant aspects of the form and attach all of the necessary documents to ensure that your application can be processed in a timely manner.
Applications open on 1 March 2019/ However, applicants are advised to preview the online form and the scholarship requirements from early to mid-February 2019 onwards.
Unfortunately, the Scholarships and Bursaries Office is unable to consider incomplete applications.
More information regarding the application process can be found here.
I’m an international student. Can I apply for the Hansen Scholarship?
Only Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, or holders of an Australian temporary or permanent Humanitarian visa may apply.
Applicants with New Zealand citizenship are not eligible for the Hansen scholarship unless they have obtained Australian permanent resident status. New Zealanders are automatically given a "Special Category Visa" (SCV) when they arrive and are "Temporary Residents".
I am a part-time student, are there any scholarships available to me?
The Hansen Scholarship is only intended for full-time undergraduate enrolments at the University of Melbourne.
However, there are certainly options for students who study part-time at the University. Be sure to check your eligibility against the criteria listed on each scholarship’s web page. In the case of exceptional circumstances, your application may still be considered. These include, but are not limited to: medical reasons, significant family and/or carer responsibilities.
How much is the scholarship worth?
The indicative value of scholarships can be found here and is confirmed in the Offer Letter that is sent to successful applicants. In general, the scholarship covers accommodation and enrichment programs at Little Hall, an allowance of $4000 per annum for general living expenses, a one-time grant of up to $4000 for an approved activity such as an international exchange, and full fee remission for holders of an Australian Humanitarian visa.
Can I apply to the Hansen Scholarship for my Master degree?
We only accept students applying for an undergraduate degree at The University of Melbourne. However, upon completing your undergraduate studies as a Hansen Scholar, there is an opportunity to apply for up to $20,000 for further study at the University.
What do you mean by “demonstrated financial need” or “financial circumstances presenting a challenge"?
You're eligible if:
- you or your parents are in receipt of a means-tested Centrelink benefit (such as Family Tax Benefit A, ABSTUDY, Youth Allowance etc), or
- you are able to otherwise demonstrate financial need (supporting documentation will be required).
Applicants will be asked to upload documentation (e.g. Centrelink statement of benefits) as part of their application.
Can I apply to stay at other residential colleges or arrange for my own alternative accommodation?
Accommodation at Little Hall is the only residential option covered by the scholarship.
How are the scholarships assessed, and when will I find out the outcome of my scholarship application?
Applications are assessed using the information included in your application, supporting documents, and interviews.
You will be notified by the Hansen Scholarship team within three weeks of the first stage application's closing date if you will be proceeding to the next stage.
Do I still need to maintain eligibility after I've been offered a scholarship?
All Hansen Scholars are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress by achieving a minimum average result of 60 in each semester of enrolment. In addition, Hansen Scholars commit to participation in a program of scholarship and enrichment activities in conjunction with the Director of the Hansen Scholarship.
Can I defer or suspend my scholarship?
Approval to defer a scholarship will normally only be given where there are exceptional circumstances preventing a student from studying in a semester (evidence will be required). Please check the conditions of your scholarship for further information or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For complete listings of faculty-specific scholarships, please see individual faculty websites.